Local says BP is ‘killing everything;' biologist, boat captain beg to differ (PHOTOS, VIDEO and POLL), Destin Log, October 5, 2010:
The part-time Destin resident has been coming to the Emerald Coast since 1998 and has never seen this much seaweed before. While walking the beach and talking to The Log, [Jeff] Howorth stepped into the thick seaweed that spread close to 50-yards across the beach and 10-yards into the water.
As he stepped further out toward the water, the bright green seaweed worked its way up his leg until he was knee-deep in the slime. ...
“It has been pretty remarkable,” [Jane Caffrey, associate professor at The University of West Florida’s Center for environmental diagnostics and bioremediation] said. “This is definitely the thickest I have seen it [the algae].”
When asked for her opinion on whether or not the oil spill played a role in the increased amounts of seaweed washing ashore, Caffrey said “it’s hard to say.”
Video showing a similar scene near Destin, FL a few months ago: